Monday, August 30, 2010

Heather Blacklock new work

Porcupine Digging

Always excited to see new work from our indigenous artist Heather Blacklock and this new piece certainly doesn't disappoint.  Viewers are captivated by her "pointalist" style of painting, and the actual movement and lyrical qualities her paintings hold - I have taken a close up of the echidna (or porcupine as Heather refers to) so you can see the intricate detail of the "quill" style painting ~ third image is of course the painting on the easel at the gallery.  Still have the gorgeous "Emu Feathers" which is below:

Fantastic Value now priced at $1200

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tales of Splendor

"Will you Love me?"
20x20cms acrylic

"Today I'm Happy"
20x20cms acrylic

"Youngest Ever Super Hero"

Paintings in situ in customers homes 

"Who Asked You"
26x20cms acrylic

 A couple of fascinating little paintings by our lovely artist Karen Atkins - the background on Karen's work is full of undertones of such rich colours - layers and layers, which you cannot really see in these  images - however, I find  they give Karen's paintings a certain sophistication. 

"She Has Style - she has Grace"
was $360 - now reduced down to $290


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

** Fun and Quirky Sculptures **

Beach Belle in Blue

Beach Belle in Yellow

Femme Fatale in Black

Femme Fatale in Blue

Midge in the studio
These quirky sculptures by sculptor Midge Johansen would brighten up any room - no pattern is repeated, so you never get two the same - thats the great thing about hand-made art works.  Regular visitors to our gallery have enjoyed seeing these little gems from time to time.  Adept with the human form, Midge uses life models to explore the beauty, myth and flowing symmetry of the female figure - although a little bit of artistic licence in these sculptures wouldn't you say!!  they are just gorgeous

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

By the Sea

"Sunset Lights"
55x150cms oil on canvas

North Gorge
at Stradbroke Island

Chris has just started out on a painting expedition - heading west,  but not until he dropped this wonderful new piece into the gallery on Sunday  - its called "Sunset Lights" and it is just divine.  Oil on canvas - would  look spectacular on any coloured wall, he really is an amazing seascape artist.  The North Gorge painting is still available, we might reduce it down I think - so if you are interested, let me know and I'll see what I can do as this particular piece has been at the gallery for a while now.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Snapshot of the Gallery

my new swirls on either side of Art Gallery sign on my awning

Look at that Watermelon painting by Bronwyn Searle!

Wonderful new works x 5 by Adam Bogusz

Denise Murray's gorgeous painting "Forest" on the right

My friend gave me these gorgeous Hyacinths
Love Cary McAulays new work

... and the Little painted boxes by Karen Atkins

Here is just a little snapshot of the gallery as it is today - there is so much lovely work at the moment - we are brimming at the seams with local art, seascapes, contemporary, figurative, watercolours etc, there is so much to choose from - so,  if you are looking for something to fill that big blank wall - we have it!  or if you want a birthday, anniversary or a thank you gift, we have so much to choose from, check out our website to view our latest works.  Our customers are just wonderful, supporting their local gallery, and we would just love to say a big thank you for all you do and thinking of us when the time arises.  Many people dash down to our gallery at the last minute to pick up a Wedding gift or an Engagement present or 21st birthday gift - I say A BIG THANK-YOU to you all  for your support.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pam Walpole and New Paintings

~Lotus and Lillypond ~
120x100cms acrylic

~ Reflections of a Jetty ~
120x100cms acrylic

Appreciative art lovers seek out this artists paintings - so we always look forward to receiving  new paintings by Pam Walpole - and this selection is just beautiful.  Large paintings which  never dominate - just enhance any space.  I'm sure you would agree, this artist has achieved a highly successful result in painting with exceptional spatial depth.  Pam has been chosen as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2010 - the winner will be announced next weekend - all the details are on their website - click here for all the info.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Valentino has Arrived at GOMA

Feathers!  gorgeous
famous Julia Roberts dress

JR at the 2001 Acadamy Awards in vintage Valentino

seems to be a lot of pink tones!

A major exhibition dedicated to the career of celebrated Italian couturier Valentino Garavani has just started at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) on the southbank of Brisbane.  I am absolutely in awe of the beauty of some of the works that I have seen on the website, so cannot wait to see them in situ.  The Exhibition features a stunning array of haute couture designs tracing Valentino’s career from the 1959 opening of his fashion house in Rome through to the presentation of his final collection in January 2008, as well as recent designs from the house of Valentino.  There are famous gowns that are easily recognisable, including the dress Julia Roberts wore when she received her Acadamy Award (the dress was vintage).  There is no doubt I will be visiting this exhibition many times!  The show will finish in November.  Visit the Queensland Art Gallery website for all the details on this fantastic show - or just the visit this website for your pure enjoyment! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beachy Works by Raelean Hall

Taking a Break
76x113cms canvas

Weekend Retreat

Shore Break
60x150cms canvas

Beyond the Break

Beach Path
77x100cms canvas

Gosh, I wish I could say we had these original paintings, however, this selection are the giclee reproductions from Raelean Hall's original paintings.   Having said that, they are so close to the original, you would never know the difference, except for the price tag.  We can have them stretched for you (onto stretcher bars) or you can take them unframed all for under $990-00.
The Giclee process captures the integrity of the original painting with ultimate accuracy and the reproduction of the work onto the finest quality acid-free cotton ensures archival quality (lasting up to 95 years without any discernable fading on paper and 60+ years on canvas).  Great for beach houses!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Our Neighbour The Fish Cafe

FC FRESH - right next door to the gallery

their Crab Lasagne is the best..

here is Clayton looking busy inside the Fish Cafe

look at that view!  right on the Esplanade

those fantastic Pam Walpole paintings on the wall
that complete the overall ambience - everyone wants them!

The Manly Gallery is lucky enough to have wonderful neighbours, and if you don't know who they are then let me tell you about them!  they are the infamous Fish Cafe and on the other side, there is FC Fresh which is the fresh seafood store (both owned by the Barrimundi Boys)  sooooo - to do the neighbourly thing, I thought I would do a little post.   For 10 years now, the Barramundi Boys continue an 85-year tradition of serving the best seafood in Brisbane – 7 days a week – at the Fish CafĂ© and Wine Bar at Manly on beautiful Moreton Bay.  Their venues offer the best in delicious, nutritious fresh fish, shellfish and  freshly prepared salads and other complimentary delicacies.   At the Fish Cafe you will have THE best fish n' chips in the area (cooked by chefs).  Check out their WEBSITE with everything you need to know about this wonderful restaurant - you can even make a reservation on line!   Their motto: You are what you eat – eat fish – be happy!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

All that Glitters at the Gallery

Red crystal stud earrings

Square stud earrings

Blue sapphire stud earrings

Gold Brooch

Silver Brooch

Flarred stud earrings

Turquoise stud earrings

Love the new earrings by Paula Hall which have just arrived and look amazing.  In this collection we have gorgeous brooches to wear on lapels of jackets and the sparkling, crystal stud earrings to dazzle during day and night - all these colours available now.